Judy Bassanello Senior Vice President, Citi
Citi has expanded its Western New York staff from about 500 employees to 1,400 since 2006. Much of the growth has been in finance, risk, and operations and technology. A large portion of the new hires graduated from Canisius.
“We recognize the curriculum at Canisius is very complementary to our business,” says Senior Vice President Judy Bassanello. “We’re interested in finance, accounting and economics majors, and they all seem to be a good fit within our organization. Coming from a liberal arts background also means the students are well-rounded and able to communicate well both verbally and in writing. That’s important to us.”
Bassanello has been with the financial services giant since 1983, the year she graduated from Canisius. She has been actively involved with the college for many years. She’s currently a member of the alumni association board of directors and is a recent inductee into the college’s DiGamma Honor Society. As Citi’s local relationship manager to Canisius, she’s also helped hire 162 fellow alumni since 2007.
“We want people who want to develop their career here in Buffalo,” says Bassanello, “and we recognize that many Canisius students are rooted in Western New York and want to stay home. It’s also very important for us to be part of the community, and I know Canisius impresses that upon its students. Giving back is important to both of us.”
Citi’s relationship with Canisius includes recruiting visits to campus each fall and spring. The most recent visit drew about 75 students. The company also hosts a 10-week summer internship program. The program typically receives about 400 applications for 10-20 positions. Canisius is usually well represented among the interns.
“The internship program enables these students to learn all aspects of our organization and allows us to groom potential employees,” says Bassanello. “Now we’re looking to expand our relationship further with Canisius to include computer science majors.”